With Eurobike in fully swing, Bombtrack Bicycle Company has a few of its new bikes on display. We had a chance to gather some intel from what looks to be an impressive 2018 model year lineup. Most interesting to bikepackers are the adventure-centric 29+ Beyond+ ADV, the full carbon Hook EXT-C, and the all new road-plus Audax… see details here.

Posted by Logan Watts

Now in its fifth year, Germany-based Bombtrack Bicycle Company never ceases to amaze with its slick graphics, uncanny attention to detail, and all out commitment to adventure. Now the company has sneakily placed a few well dressed bikepacking rigs throughout the halls at Eurobike, all part of their forthcoming lineup. In detail, Bombtrack has released its full catalogue of new 2018 bikes with some significant developments in the range. Bikes to note include a women’s specific steel CX bike, as well as several rigs built with adventure and bikepacking in mind — three completely new bikes plus further options in the Beyond, Beyond+ and HOOK lines. Stay tuned for more about a couple of these bikes in particular, but here are six in the lineup that blew us away, with details… ordered by stoke level!

2018 Bombtrack Beyond+ ADV

Introduced last year, the original 27.5-plus Beyond+ was built “to go further off the beaten track with incredible grip and off-road capability.” Carrying on from its success the new Beyond+ ADV takes the concept to the next level. Shod with massive 29+ wheels and tires, this monster truck of an expedition bikepacking rig is built around a 4130 chromoly frame and a full carbon ‘Beyond+ Fork’. Both loaded with bottle mounts, including triple-pack mounts on both fork blades as well as the underside of the downtube… and a few extras here and there on the tube set as well. And speaking of the frame, the ADV gets a 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell, a detail that will make a lot of folks happy.

Bombtrack Beyond+ ADV, 2018 gravel bike

  • Bombtrack Beyond+ ADV, 2018 gravel bike, 29+
  • Bombtrack Beyond+ ADV, 2018 gravel bike, 29+

Aside from a cadre of bosses and mounts, the Bombtrack Beyond+ ADV has a few more tricks up its sleeve, including internal dynamo cable routing in the fork and a 148x12mm/110x15mm BOOST front and rear. The build kit doesn’t look too shabby either. To compensate for the potential bikepacking load, the Beyond+ ADV comes with a wide-range SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain. Other details include a Jones ‘Loop’ handlebar, SRAM Level TLM hydraulic brakes, and WTB Scraper i45 rims with WTB ‘Ranger’ Tough 29×3.0” tires.

  • Bombtrack Beyond+ ADV, 2018 gravel bike, 29+
  • Bombtrack Beyond+ ADV, 2018 gravel bike, 29+

The Bombtrack Beyond+ ADV complete will retail for €2,599.99 (Euro) — US and other territories pricing to be released, stay tuned (see distributor list at bottom of page). Expect the Beyond+ ADV to arrive with distributors at the end of October in Australia and November everywhere else.

2018 Bombtrack HOOK EXT-C

The Hook series originated as a CX line. Last year, Bombtrack took the Hook EXT a step further and it proved successful with riders looking for bigger tires in a gravel bike package. As a brand-new model for 2018 the Hook EXT-C builds on the success of the original but in a full carbon fiber format. The bike was designed around a sophisticated chainstay to allow for larger tires and a shorter rear end for more agile handling. For carrying duties, the EXT-C includes bottle mounts under the downtube as well as a set of triple-mounts on each fork blade. Build highlights include a SRAM Rival 1 drivetrain, flat-mount Rival hydro brakes, and a slick set of Hunt Adventure Sport offset 27.5″ wheels (142x12mm/100x12mm).

Bombtrack HOOK EXT-C 2018 gravel bike

  • Bombtrack HOOK EXT-C 2018 gravel bike
  • Bombtrack HOOK EXT-C 2018 gravel bike
  • Bombtrack HOOK EXT-C 2018 gravel bike
  • Bombtrack HOOK EXT-C 2018 gravel bike
  • Bombtrack HOOK EXT-C 2018 gravel bike

The Bombtrack Hook EXT-C will retail for €2,999.99 (Euro) — US and other territories pricing to be released, stay tuned (see distributor list at bottom of page). Expect the Beyond+ ADV to arrive with distributors at the end of October in Australia and November everywhere else.

2018 Bombtrack Audax

Originally conceived as a more traditional road tourer, the Audax has been newly transformed into a vision for modern endurance all-road riding. The starting point for the new direction was switching the wheel platform from 700c to the road-plus 650b. As such, Bombtrack specced it with Hunt Adventure disc wheels in combination with the WTB Horizon TCS tires. For long distance riding, steel is arguably one of the best materials for the job, and as a cherry on top the Audax gets a premium Columbus Cromor tube set. The geometry has also been revised for a less touring and more sportive riding position. Such a geometry required shorter chainstays while retaining tire and chainring clearance which led to the development of a completely custom yoke, a standout feature on this interesting bike.

Bombtrack Audax, 2018 gravel bike

  • Bombtrack Audax, 2018 gravel bike, road plus
  • Bombtrack Audax, 2018 gravel bike, road plus

A few other frame highlights include an investment cast dropout with integrated flat mount disc and 12mm thru-axles, internal brake cable routing, and a full carbon disc fork with triple cage mounts. As for the mechanics under the hood, the Audax gets a Shimano 105 drivetrain while TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes provide the stopping power.

  • Bombtrack Audax, 2018 gravel bike, road plus
  • Bombtrack Audax, 2018 gravel bike, road plus
  • Bombtrack Audax, 2018 gravel bike, road plus

Bombtrack Audax, 2018 gravel bike, road plus

The Bombtrack Audax will retail for a cool €2,199.99 (Euro) — US and other territories pricing to be released, stay tuned (see distributor list at bottom of page). Expect the Audax to arrive with distributors at the end of October in Australia and November everywhere else.

2018 Bombtrack Beyond+ 2

Bombtrack’s Beyond series consists of five bikes (the aforementioned ADV included) built for “when the daily grind is getting too much and the lure of adventure becomes overwhelming.” Like the Beyond+ ADV, the Beyond+ 2 is on the high end of the range and gets the same carbon fork and general parts spec, except with 27.5+ wheels and tires. In addition, both the Beyond+ 1 and 2 are built around a chromoly frame with a BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket shell.

Bombtrack Beyond+ 2, 2018 gravel bike

  • Bombtrack Beyond+ 2, 2018 plus, 27.5+ bike
  • Bombtrack Beyond+ 2, 2018 plus, 27.5+ bike
  • Bombtrack Beyond+ 2, 2018 plus, 27.5+ bike
  • Bombtrack Beyond+ 2, 2018 plus, 27.5+ bike
  • Bombtrack Beyond+ 2, 2018 plus, 27.5+ bike

The complete Beyond+ 2 will retail for €2,599.99 (Euro) — US and other territories pricing to be released, stay tuned (see distributor list at bottom of page). Expect the Beyond+ ADV to arrive with distributors at the end of October in Australia and November everywhere else.

2018 Bombtrack Beyond+ 1

With the same geometry and purpose as the Beyond+ 2, the Beyond+ 1 shaves a few bucks off the bottom line with a slightly paired down build and a chromoly steel fork. Parts highlights include a SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain, SRAM Level TL brakes, and WTB Scraper i40 wheels.

Bombtrack Beyond+ 1, 2018 gravel bike

  • Bombtrack Beyond+ 1, 2018 plus bike
  • Bombtrack Beyond+ 1, 2018 plus bike
  • Bombtrack Beyond+ 1, 2018 plus bike

The complete Beyond+ 1 will retail for €1,999.99 (Euro) — US and other territories pricing to be released, stay tuned (see distributor list at bottom of page). Expect the Beyond+ ADV to arrive with distributors at the end of October in Australia and November for everywhere else.

2018 Bombtrack HOOK EXT

Introduced last year the Hook EXT was an instant hit thanks to its unique combination of voluminous 27.5 x 2.2” tires combined with a gravel-centric geometry. Now updated in 2018 the EXT features fully enclosed cable routing, a full carbon fiber fork with mounts for fenders and anything cages, and a new investment cast chainstay yoke which retains the option for a 2x set. Build highlights include the ‘CX-10’ flared handlebar, SRAM Rival 1×11 drivetrain, and Rival brakes.

Bombtrack HOOK EXT 2018 gravel bike

  • Bombtrack HOOK EXT, 2018 gravel bike
  • Bombtrack HOOK EXT, 2018 gravel bike

The complete Hook EXT will retail for €2,399,99 (Euro) — US and other territories pricing to be released, stay tuned (see distributor list at bottom of page). Expect the Hook EXT to arrive with distributors at the end of October in Australia and November everywhere else.

2018 Bombtrack Beyond

The original Bombtrack adventure rig which piqued our interest back in 2015, the Beyond is designed with versatility in mind. Featuring a double-butted Columbus Cromor tube set, the Beyond has all the mounting points you could wish for with the option to go fully loaded with racks and fenders. For 2018 the Beyond gets an SRAM ‘X5’ 2×10-speed drivetrain with 42/28t chainrings, investment-cast rear dropouts with integrated brake mounts, and additional bosses on the top tube for direct mount bags.

Bombtrack Audax, 2018 adventure bike

  • Bombtrack Beyond, 2018 gravel bike
  • Bombtrack Beyond, 2018 gravel bike

The complete Beyond 1 will retail for €1,899,99 (Euro) — US and other territories pricing to be released, stay tuned (see distributor list at bottom of page). Expect the Hook EXT to arrive with distributors at the end of October in Australia and November everywhere else.

Stay tuned for more details. Also, here’s a list of distributors: Australia & New Zealand: www.linksports.com.au / Canada: www.ogc.ca / USA: www.nacycles.com / Central Europe: www.traffic-distribution.com / UK & Ireland: www.lyon.co.uk
  • rocketman

    love that Hook EXT…. planning to get a frameset when they hit the streets in the Us

  • It definitely looks like a lot of fun…

  • Oilcan Racer

    I got baited in with the “carbon” mention. Let down by seeing it was 27.5 wheelset. Would rather see a true 29er carbon. Gravel 700 frames that fit 27.5 are already been done better. Let’s see one that does gravel and 29er. Fix the geo with switched chips…..

  • FWIW, it looks like it’d fit 700x38mm rubber too.

  • Beyond looks like a good option, but why the cables are not internally routed? Is it that hard?

  • onabikewithnoname

    Heard snippets about this line up months ago at a demo event, held off purchasing another bike with fingers crossed these would fit the bill. So really excited. Hoping the beyond plus still suits a 120mm fork

  • It should, I don’t the geo changed on it…

  • It’s less prevalent on steel frames, although there have been several to do it recently…

  • Oilcan Racer

    700x38c is cx size, not really gravel road or trail duty. I already have a cx bike that goes to 42mm tires.

  • multisportscott

    I’ve been waiting to see the 2018 Hook EXT, been worth the wait IMHO. Full carbon fork with mounts is a win for me, along with the ability to still run a 2x set up.

  • Zac

    So excited about that new Audax.

  • Marcellus Putschli

    Thats a good question. On our bikepacking frames we don’t route the cables in the frame because we like to have them easy accessible. Also we don’t see an advantage in internal routing on a bike full with bags and bottles.

  • Marcellus Putschli

    Good point. Offering a wide array of tire clearance is always a compromise. We like to run wide tires on our bikes, but we see the Hook series as cyclocross or gravel bikes, not MTBs. With the Hook EXT-C you can go far bigger than 700 x 38c, it will take anything up to 29” x 1.9”. I will try a pair of 29” x 2.1” next week, but I guess that this combination will end up with not having a sufficient amount of mud clearance. If you want to go wider than 2.1”, you will end up having a 29” hardtail MTB with dropbars. Nothing wrong with that, maybe I throw some dropbars onto the Beyond Plus ADV and do some beach races this winter.

  • Marcellus Putschli

    Yes, you can still fit a 120 mm suspension fork onto the 2018 Beyond Plus models

  • Fair point.
    On the other hand internally routed cable is better protected from the harsh environment.

  • TOTO

    curious to know the result about the 29×2.1 on this bike, I love this size for endurance riding.

  • Martin Deschamps

    @marcellusputschli:disqus Hi !
    Any chance to see the Audax with a Sram 1x or as a frameset ?
    And what is the clearance for the Audax in 700c ?
    Danke ;)

  • onelegmatt

    Looks like the USA link is not working. Anyone else seeing this?

  • Yeah, looks like their site is down. Not sure if it’s temporary or not…

  • Marcellus Putschli

    Hello Martin
    There won’t be a production Audax with a Sram 1x, but we will offer it as a frameset for individual builds.
    Thanks

  • Roman Kampa

    Thank you! Is November realistic for germany?

  • Brian Richard Walbergh

    Any chance they will sell the carbon fork that is on the Hook EXT? I could see that being real popular assuming it is 15mm like last years.

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